Monday, May 10, 2010

R.F.K. Must Die!- A Book Review

On the night of June 5th, 1968, Senator and Democratic presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy was gunned down by a 24 year old Palestinian-American named Sirhan Bishara Sirhan.

Sirhan was quickly apprehended and identified by many witnesses as the many who had shot Kennedy.

Once in custody, Sirhan's defense team faced the impossible task of defending in court the man who had killed RFK.

Robert Blair Kaiser is a journalist and author and in 1968 he was allowed access to Sirhan's defense team.

In 1970 Kaiser published R.F.K. Must Die! based on his experiences with the defense team as well as his own interviews with Sirhan. The book covers in great detail the assassination of RFK, the biography of Sirhan, and the formation of the the defense.

The book also covers the strange and surreal interviews with Sirhan. Excerpts from his notebook are included that are particularly unsettling.

The book sticks to the facts, hardly ever discussing any of the conspiracy theories surrounding the assassination of RFK. However in an afterword the author does state that he believes the "Manchurian Candidate" theory: that Sirhan may have been programmed by someone to kill Kennedy.

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